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Holding Churchill Downs Accountable for Fair Grounds Decline

This is the nightmare scenario for horse racing people when slot machines come to town. Bean counters in corporate offices begin to look at racing operations as an expense, a necessary evil that must be maintained in order to keep … Continue reading

PR Special: Racing’s Communication ‘Triangle’

The Paulick Report continues its coverage at the OBS Spring sale with a second edition of the PR Special, a print publication distributed on the sales grounds in Ocala, Fla. In this edition, Ray delves into the communication “triangle” between … Continue reading

Security Cameras in Derby Stalls Should Be a No-Brainer

A year ago, based on a suggestion from Craig Brogden of Machmer Hall, I wrote about security cameras that can record a horse’s activities 24 hours a day while he’s in his stall. Lots of horsemen are using them for … Continue reading

PR Special OBS April: Stronach, Street Boss, and Florida’s New Sires

The Paulick Report is pleased to present special print editions to be distributed on the grounds of the OBS April sale beginning Monday. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray gives his take on the Stronach Group’s proposed “house … Continue reading

Testing, Testing: How Strong Are Racing’s Drug Testing Programs?

When the state of Maryland released a call for proposals from laboratories interested in taking on the state’s post-race testing, Dr. Rick Sams, director of the HFL Sport Science Lab in central Kentucky, read over the rules carefully. The request … Continue reading

Like Golf’s ‘Masters,’ Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland Could Be Iconic Tradition

There are more than a few comparisons that can be made between Augusta National Golf Club, which just held its 78th Masters Golf Tournament, and horse racing’s Keeneland Association, currently celebrating its 78th anniversary. Both are historic icons for an … Continue reading

National Handicapping Championship: At a Crossroads?

In this week’s season finale of the reality show, Horseplayers, on Esquire Network, viewers went behind the scenes of the 2014 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship. The show’s 10 episodes chronicled the year-long journey of several handicappers trying to … Continue reading

Bonnie: Why I Support the Water Hay Oats Alliance

(Editor’s Note: Ned Bonnie has a unique perspective on medication issues and the federal government’s involvement with them, having formerly served as an attorney for the National HBPA in opposing legislation in the U.S. Congress that would regulate the use … Continue reading

Dave Mason: On Music, Racing, and ‘Live at Belmont Park 1978′

Most fans of our sport know 1978 was the last year a horse won American racing’s Triple Crown. The rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar reached a dizzying crescendo on the afternoon of June 10, 1978, when the two horses locked … Continue reading

Lessons From SeaWorld: Perceptions Can Be a Killer

Horseracing has company. SeaWorld officials are under the microscope because of a film released in 2013 alleging cruelty to the orca whales that for decades have been entertaining tourists at the company’s theme parks in Florida, Texas and California. Defenders … Continue reading

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